EDF, Shell seal 132-MW solar PPA in California

Solar panels. Image by: EDF Renewables (www.edf-re.com).

December 4 (Renewables Now) - Shell Energy North America US LP (SENA) will buy the output of another 132-MW portion of EDF Renewables North America’s 500-MW Palen solar project in California.

SENA and EDF have signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA), which EDF unveiled on Tuesday. Under its terms, SENA will buy electricity as well as the related environmental attributes, including the renewable energy credits, after the solar farm becomes operational.

To be situated in California’s Riverside County, the Palensolar project, previously known as Maverick 7, will be built on lands administered by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Last year, SENA agreed to buy electricity from 100 MW of the overall capacity of the plant, which will start producing power by end-2021.

The project was awarded a Record of Decision (ROD) by BLM a year ago, which was the final step in the federal permitting process. The original application for the scheme, initially owned by bankrupt Solar Millenium, was submitted some 10 years ago and included a solar power tower, but EDF opted for changing the proposed technology to solar photovoltaic (PV) after buying the scheme from Spain’s Abengoa SA (BME:ABG) at the end of 2015.

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